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Passenger Gets Past TSA With Gun At Atlanta Airport Amidst Government Shutdown 

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Passenger Gets Past TSA With Gun At Atlanta Airport Amidst Government Shutdown 

A passenger was able to board a flight from Atlanta to Japan with a firearm after “standard procedures” weren’t followed at a TSA checkpoint!

RELATED: Government Shutdown Becomes Longest Federal Closure In US History

On January 3rd, the person flew from the busiest airport in the world, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International, all the way to Narita International Airport in Chiba with a gun on board!

“TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did, in fact, pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” a TSA spokesman said in a statement.

The passenger flew aboard a Delta Airlines flight and let the airline know, to which they reported the oversight to TSA. On Sunday, a new development was released stating that 7.7 percent of TSA employees called in sick this year, which is more than double the amount on the same date last year. Many believe it must have been easier for the traveler to get through TSA with a gun because of the current shutdown and the fact that government workers are not being paid.

But, the TSA is claiming otherwise.

“The perception that this might have occurred as a result of the partial government shutdown would be false,” a spokesman told CNN.

“The national unscheduled absence rate of TSA staff on Thursday, January 3, 2019, was 4.8% compared to 6.3% last year, Thursday, January 4, 2018. So in fact, the national call out rate was higher a year ago than this year on that date.”

The news of this incident comes the same day new developments were made claiming TSA would offer some employment for workers during the shutdown. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said that agents who were working on December 22nd, the last day of the pay period, would be paid and also receive a $500 bonus for their holiday hours.

“While I realize this is not what you are owed for your hard work during pay period 26 and what you deserve, I hope these actions alleviate some of the financial hardship many of you are facing,” Pekoske tweeted.

Pekoske took to Twitter last week saying that TSA was searching for ways to award their employees with compensation. The funding for the unpaid workers was made possible “because of unique authorities provided TSA in law”.

Check out Pekoske’s tweets below:

The shutdown has caused much distress to federal employees who are still not receiving pay. Some have even resorted to selling their belongings or posting appeals to make some extra cash. Meanwhile, it seems Trump is not budging as he is now blaming Democrats for the shutdown and wants them to take action.

“I want to give them a chance to see if they can act responsibly,” Trump said, calling the situation at the nation’s southern border a “humanitarian crisis.”

“They think it’s politics. I think it’s bad politics. This country wants to have protection at the border,'” Trump said.

Democrats have called the wall an ineffective and outdated answer to a more complex issue and passed many bills to reopen the government without the $5.7 billion funds for the wall. We’ll see how much longer this lasts.

RELATED: Donald Trump Storms Out Of Meeting About Shutdown

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